Chess tourney woos foreigners

PLAYERS from three neighbouring countries have confirmed participation in the revived Zambia Open Chess Championship starting in Lusaka next Wednesday.
The week-long tournament with a top prize of K10,000 is returning to the fore for the first time in five years and will be played at Lusaka’s Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC).
Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) president Yohane Mukabe said in a statement released yesterday that players from Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe will compete in the event slated for October 22-28.
Players’ participation is expected to exceed 100.
“So far, Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe have confirmed participation. We are still waiting for confirmation from Angola, Namibia and South Africa,” he said.
“The federation is expecting over 100 players to participate in the tournament and the equipment for the tournament is in place.”
The championship will be adjudicated by four arbiters – Chanda Nsakanya, Aaron Banda, both international arbiter (IA) title-holders, National Arbiter (NA) Joe Mwewa, all Zambians, and Zimbabwe’s Simbarashe Murima.

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